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Author:  allison88 [ Sun Oct 02, 2011 8:14 am ]
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Author:  Kathy [ Sun Oct 02, 2011 8:20 am ]
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Author:  New Hampshire [ Sun Oct 02, 2011 8:27 am ]
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The short and simple of it is this: If you are planning on doing "serious" winter hiking (take that to mean 4K peakbagging) you will need at least 2 (snowshoes and crampons) but all three is best. Snowshoes are obvious in the reason. Crampons are necessary usually around and above treeline, but also for places where ice typically forms in bulk or when the snow[ack goes through freeze-thaws that turns it into something that is inbetween snow and ice, a hard crust. Now, crampons are going to be overkill in most situations, but if you are only buying ONE type of traction aid this is best. But they are going to get chewed up when the ice is patchy and the ground open and rocky. That is where the microspikes come in. They are the less expensive and more safe in most situations. In reality I have found the microspikes to handle 95% of the situations where ice traction is needed. But when the other 5% comes you will be glad for the crampons.

Now, if you have no intention of peakbagging 4K's (even if just for now) or are at least able to pick and chose the situations/trails you are going to be on very carefully, and as long as your willing to turn back when you come to a situation that needs crampons and you don't have them, then just get microspikes (and of course the snowshoes) and save yourself the expense of the crampons.

Brian

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Author:  New Hampshire [ Sun Oct 02, 2011 3:03 pm ]
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Author:  BobC [ Mon Oct 03, 2011 9:03 am ]
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I've done winter hiking for 4 seasons and I've only used my crampons once...and that was just to try them. I've done 18 4Ks in winter, but most of those have been hikes where there's not a lot of above-treeline hiking. I'd want to have crampons on hand if I were hiking the northern Presis; otherwise, for most situations, Microspikes and snowshoes will do the trick.

Author:  bikehikeskifish [ Mon Oct 03, 2011 10:26 am ]
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Of the three major traction devices, the most practical expenditure of cash and carrying effort is:

Snowshoes - Mandatory (27/30)*
Microspikes - Handy
Crampons - Nice-to-have (3/30)*

If you have snowshoes with good crampons underneath, you can get by most of the time.

Like BobC, I've used them only to try them out under conditions where snowshoes or microspikes would have worked fine. I've done all 48 in winter. What you will find is that no one traction device is perfect for the entire hike (except for a handful of below treeline, well-sheltered hikes where in mid-winter conditions, snowshoes are perfect the whole way) and you have to be OK with snowshoes on rock for brief periods.

The shoulder seasons get much harder since there is insufficient snow cover (Nov/Dec) or rotting and melting snow and ice (Apr). For the record I tend of avoid those times, especially April, which is filled with yard work and Little League (coaching, wiseguys).

Tim


*It took me 30 trips to get all 48 peaks, and I used crampons on 3 and snowshoes on all but 3 (carried them on 2 of those 3). Note that I am 200 pounds without clothes, boots, gear, etc., so I need flotation more than someone who is 130 pounds.

Author:  BobC [ Mon Oct 03, 2011 10:58 am ]
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Author:  JustJoe [ Mon Oct 03, 2011 11:27 am ]
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Then there was this day in November with traces of ice on the Paugus ledges. 8)



Bob's a very safe hiker. :roll: :lol:

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